The Last and the First

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The Last and the First
First edition
Author Ivy Compton-Burnett
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)

The Last and the First is Ivy Compton-Burnett's posthumous novel, published in 1971, two years after her death. The work, complete if possibly awaiting revision, was untitled when it was discovered, and was so named as appropriate for her last novel, and also because of the Biblical quotation (Matthew 20:16) uttered (not for the first time in her canon) by one of the characters.